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Community of Inquiry in Adult Online Learning: Collaborative-Constructivist Approaches
Akyol, Zehra and Garrison, D. Randy

Published2010
Book titleAdult Learning in the Digital Age: Perspectives on Online Technologies and Outcomes
Chapter 6, Pages 52-66
PublisherIGI Global
CountryTurkey, Canada, Asia

ABSTRACT
The adult education literature emphasizes community building in order to increase effectiveness and success of online teaching and learning. In this chapter the Community of Inquiry Framework that was developed by Garrison, Anderson and Archer (2000) has been introduced as a promising theory for adult learning in online environments. The chapter discusses the potential of the CoI framework to create effective adult online learning communities by utilizing the research findings from an online course. Overall, the research findings showed that students had positive attitudes toward the community developed in the course and that their perception of constituting elements of the community of inquiry was significantly related to perceived learning and satisfaction.

Keywords community of inquiry, adult learning community, online learning, collaboration, critical inquiry

CoI focusFull model
MethodologyMixed methods explanatory
PopulationGraduate
Study designCase study
Data analysisTranscript analysis
InstrumentCoI survey
ContributionEmpirical
Sample size15
Study aim"To introduce the CoI framework for adult online learning environments utilizing the research findings from an online course."
Finding"The main question asked to students in interviews was how they felt about the community of inquiry that was developed during the course of studies. Students’ responses to this question confirmed the critical role of each element of the CoI framework as their perception of each element directly influenced their perception of the community of inquiry as a whole. Students’ sense of a community of inquiry developed according to their sense of teaching presence, cognitive presence or social presence in the course."
LanguageEnglish
ISBN9781605668284
RefereedYes
RightsIGI Global
DOI10.4018/978-1-60566-828-4.ch006
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